BMA joins FIESTA to help address education and training issues

Chief executive of BMA Tom Reynolds: "People and skills are key to long-term sustainability of the bathroom sector."

15 Sep, 20

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) has joined the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA).

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The partnership body enables businesses, from across the sectors that make up the interiors industry, to unite and address education and training issues.

Chief executive of the BMA Tom Reynolds will join the FIESTA executive board, alongside representatives from several other trade associations and charities.

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BMA members will now be able to use FIESTA’s Skills Plus Approved Training Agency (ATA), a service to assist with the management of apprenticeships.

This service can also support companies, including SMEs, to take advantage of the Government’s Kickstart initiative.

Chair of FIESTA Gary Baker said: “FIESTA is about putting skills at the top of the agenda and helping the whole furniture and interiors industry recruit and retain the best talent on offer; we are therefore absolutely delighted to welcome into FIESTA the ‘voice of the bathroom industry’ in Tom Reynolds and his proactive team at the Bathroom Manufacturers Association.”

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Tom Reynolds, chief executive of the BMA commented: “People and skills are key to the long-term sustainability of the bathroom sector.

“Kickstart can help introduce a new generation to bathroom manufacturing roles and FIESTA’s skills plus service can help BMA members access that scheme.

“I’m looking forward to working with Gary and the team on the many other aspects of the skills agenda.”